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Tampa Bay Rays hire Matt Quatraro as third base coach

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Quatraro was part of the Rays organization from 1996-2013, and coached alongside Kevin Cash in 2014.

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The Tampa Bay Rays continue their coaching staff revamp this morning, announcing former Rays farmhand and minor league hitting coordinator Matt Quatraro has been named the new third base coach.

Quatraro was part of the first ever draft class by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays, as they took him in the 8th round of the 1996 draft. Quatraro would climb his way up the Rays affiliation ladder, reaching Triple-A Durham following the 2003 season, but never making the major league squad.

The Devil Rays requested he come in the work with the catchers following that year, paving the way for his coaching career.

Quatraro eventually took the helm as the Manager for several of the Rays affiliates, starting in 2006 with the Hudson Valley Renegades, before moving up a couple levels. He would ultimately become one of the Rays minor league hitting coordinator from 2010-2013 before the Cleveland Indians came calling in 2014.

There he has served as the Indians assistant hitting coach until now being hired by the Rays, overlapping with Kevin Cash on Terry Francona’s coaching staff for one season.

“Q brings tremendous knowledge in many areas and has been a big part of some very good teams. He’s creative, a good communicator, and earns the respect and trust of his players. We’re excited to bring him back to the Rays.”

- Kevin Cash on new Third Base coach Matt Quatraro

The Rays also announced this morning that Rocco Baldelli will be reassigned from his position as the first base coach, taking over other coaching duties for the club, someone else will man first base in 2018.

Previous changes to the coaching staff include the departure of longtime pitching coach Jim Hickey, with Kyle Snyder taking the reigns, and Tom Foley choosing to not returning as bench coach, with Charlie Montoya taking over that role.

While Baldelli will remain in the dugout, Foley will not return as an on-field coach, but instead serve the organization in some other capacities, such as coordinating Spring Training.